Top 10 Singles Of 2020

Top 10 Singles Of 2020

As we all know it is common for bands to release what was once known as the single. Changed a bit now but if a band release a stand alone track or drop a video to accompany a track before or during an album/EP cycle I would declare it a single. These are ten tracks I found my self returning to on numerous occasions. Short descriptions as it’s all about the music.

LIK – Morbid Fascination

Swedish death metal act LIK release their album Misanthropic Breed this year and this was their lead single. The album is excellent but I find myself returning to this song/video the most. It’s absolutely brilliant!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial

Dog Tired – Lord Of The Vile

Dog Tired from Scotland released their album The Electric Abyss last year and this was their official music video/single for the album. One of the best underground bands in the UK without question!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogtiredmetal

The Enigma Division – The Neon Mirage

I firmly expected The Enigma Division to be in my best albums of 2020 list but 2020 happened and it was pushed back. They have released a few singles off the album but out of all I consider this to be the strongest. It’s Bladerunner metal basically and absolutely brilliant!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaDivision

Mushroomhead – The Heresy

Mushroomhead released their album It’s A Wonderful Life this year. A solid album without question but this track was a step above. The change to a female co-vocalist has worked but it excelled with this track. I’ve listened to this track likely more than any other this year. It’s incredible!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mushroomheadofficial

Psykosis – Tossed To The Dogs

Psykosis returned this year with their single Tossed To The Dogs. More is on the way but again 2020 happened. An excellent band that never fail to disappoint. Thrashtastic!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Psykosisthrashmetal

Cattle Decapitation – Bring Back The Plague

Cattle Decapitation released their video/single for Bring Back The Plague and it’s maybe the greatest thing to happen in 2020. The time of toilet paper hording will live on forever. Not our brightest day as a race…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation

Filth – Hell

Filth were in my best EP list yesterday and here again with their track Hell. It’s so damn good it deserves to be here. An excellent track and one I’ll return to again and again!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filthnc

Enshroud – Deception

Another band that was in the best EP list yesterday. This track is absolutely brilliant and I’ve probably pushed the YouTube views up a lot over the past few months. A masterpiece!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enshroudnimetal

AC/DC – Shot In The Dark

AC/DC returned with their album Power Up and lead single Shot In The Dark. It won’t be in my best albums list because it’s basically another AC/DC album with out offense. This single deserves a shout though as it was great to have them back.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acdc

Soothsayer – Outer Fringe

Atmospheric doom act Soothsayer released their first single Outer Fringe from their forthcoming album that is due next year. It’s bizarre and maybe challenging to some, but to me it’s a fucking masterpiece!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soothsayerdoom

That concludes my ten best singles of 2020 list. A mixed bag yet again but that’s how I roll.

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Top 10 EP’s Of 2020

Top 10 EP’s Of 2020

Time for our top 10 EP’s of 2020. I haven’t heard every EP so may have missed something in the mind of others.
This my list. Very brief descriptions as it’s about the music and not my words.
In no particular order…

Filth – Filth

Filth released their self titled EP and it does exactly what it says on the tin!
Here’s their first single off the EP ‘Hell’. If this interests you? Hit the links below!
Excellent EP that has been played on numerous occasions this year.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filthnc
Bandcamp: https://filthnc.bandcamp.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0rTHp5…

Scour – Black

Scour released the final part of their trilogy of EP’s with the Black EP. Yet again it was of the highest quality and amazing to see Phil Anselmo delivering vocals like this at this stage of his career. A great end to a great project!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scourband
Stream/Purchase: https://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2020/Scour/black.html

Enshroud – Walking In The Shadows

A new band based on our little island that came from nowhere this year. Not only that, but they released an amazing EP and one of the most promising Irish acts in recent memory. If this is the start. How far can they go? A lot further I suspect! One to watch and follow if you aren’t aware as of now.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enshroudnimetal
Streaming: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/enshroud/walking-in-the-shadows?fbclid=IwAR3RKydSJQSdfe4RHfsrJWnFSvWu39NwfbrVMU8ivsarjKLp2956fSTxHBo

Carcass – Despicable

Carcass released their EP Despicable. Of course it was going to be in my list. One of my favorite metal bands. End of!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCarcass
Stream: https://nblast.de/CarcassDespicable
Buy: http://nuclearblast.com/carcass-despicable

Organ Blender – Blender Corps

Galway based Organ Blender really have their own thing going on. One of the most interesting Irish bands at present. They do what they want to do and offer no apology! Amazing band!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Organ-Blender-1680843132006305

My Dying Bride – Macabre Cabaret

My Dying Bride returned and showed all the pretenders why they are so highly regarded by releasing an absolute master class in Macabre Cabaret.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyDyingBrideOfficial
Stream/Buy: http://nblast.de/MDBMacabreCabaret

At The Movies – At The Movies Season 1

At The Movies began as a lockdown project for some of the biggest names in metal with the aim of covering 80’s songs that were tied to iconic films of that era. Time progressed. An EP was released and due to popularity another season aka EP is planned for next year. I absolutely love everything about this!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atthemoviesofficial

Make May For Man – Rites

Make Way For Man were easily one of my favorite discoveries of 2020. They’re just something different and do what they want to do. Australian bands seem to be able to do their own thing and really tongue in cheek as the success of 12 Foot Ninja has demonstrated. Just have fun with it all and see where it goes…
I have included their cover of Fireflies from the EP here as it’s just amazing!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makewayforman
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/76TeWvH0yKe8YsQpGCqD7T?autoplay=true

Dratna – Druid Winds & The Fall of the Celtic Gods

Dratna are a one man project that has been growing every year. This year he released his third and best release to date. Every release has had a jump in quality and this was a massive leap forward. I look forward to his next release and beyond. A true talent that is becoming more confident in his abilities as times passes…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dratnaband

IHSAHN – Pharos

The man has gone to a new level of creativity with this EP and even included a couple of covers no musician with a strong black metal past would touch. He marches to the beat of his own drum and fuck you if you don’t agree!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ihsahnmusic
Stream/Buy: https://Ihsahn.lnk.to/Pharos

That concludes my top 10 EP’s of 2020. Some may agree or otherwise but these are the ones I returned to again and again. A very mixed bag in regards to styles but that’s my thing!

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Scour Release The Black EP

Scour Release The Black EP

The Black EP from SCOUR, the extreme metal unit featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, En Minor, et al), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Lock Up).

Mixed and mastered by Ryan Vincent at Apollo Audio Alternative with vocals and drums engineered by Stephen “Big Fella” Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod), the EP includes guest appearances from Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal, Pat O’Brien of Cannibal Corpse, and actor Jason Momoa (Dune, Game Of Thrones, Aquaman, et al) and serves as the final installment of the band’s EP trilogy.

SCOUR made their debut with their ferocious first single “Dispatched.” The Grey EP, released via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, dropped in 2016, followed by The Red EP in 2017. Faster, tighter, and more relentless than ever before, this year’s The Black is inarguably the band’s most savage effort to date.


SCOUR‘s The Black EP is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats via Housecore Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Entertainment internationally. Find order options at the SCOUR Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION, the Housecore Store HERE and Nuclear Blast HERE.

SCOUR derives its sound from an intentional minimalist approach. Displaying an emphasis on cohesive song writing and direct composition ideas, exhibited through relentless battery, the band brims with creepy and ominous hooks, dark and macabre vocals, blasting drums, and buzzsaw guitars to get straight to the point. Drawing influences from all extreme entities, SCOUR itself continues to pay homage to some of metal’s most prominent acts as can be heard with the 2019 release of their cover of Bathory’s “Massacre.”


In its short existence, the band has graced the stages of many of the major players in both the mainstream and metal-oriented music festival circuits including Roskilde, Hellfest, Tecate Metal Festival, Maryland Deathfest, and more. As the lineage of its membership suggests, SCOUR continues to be a proverbial force with which to be reckoned both on the stage and in the studio.

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http://twitter.com/scour_official
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http://www.thehousecorerecords.com
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Ward XVI Unleash Metamorphosis LP

Ward XVI Unleash Metamorphosis LP

Deep inside the walls of Whittingham Asylum, a new inmate is tortured mercilessly at the hands of those who  keep her. Consumed by a ferocious rage, she succumbs to the comfort of insanity. What emerges from the  shadows is more evil and profane than any of her tormentors could have imagined… 

‘Metamorphosis’ challenges everything you think you know about the notorious fiend, Psychoberrie. Travel  back to the very beginning and ask yourself: is evil born, or made?  

A mother’s love, formed in a haze of dolls and daisies, is blackened by merciless addiction. A little girl seeks  protection from the broken and abandoned, anything to quell the monster that comes at night. Corrupted by  unspeakable cruelty, pious innocence undergoes a malevolent transformation. Experience the elation of a first  kill and the debauchery that ensues, culminating in a desperate run from the law.

Dare you enter Ward XVI, maximum-security for the mentally deranged? Once more, the gates of Whittingham Asylum have been cast open.
Freaks and outcasts, oddballs and inbreds – all are welcome.

Took me a while but I finally got to listen to this album in its entirety. To sum it up. It’s easily one of the most interesting and entertaining albums I have heard this year. It’s just so different from everything else and in an age where originality is uncommon this band have it in spades!
It won’t be for eveyone, but those that get it just love it!
Utterly brilliant album from an extremely underrated band that should be a lot bigger than they are!

9/10

Facebook page were all links can be found: https://www.facebook.com/WardXVI/?ref=page_internal

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Nicolas Cage Fighter Release New Video/Single Dead Ends

NICOLAS CAGE FIGHTER are back, and much like a mash-up of the marvellously over-the-top actor’s antics and a brutal, no-holds-barred steel cage match, you never know what to expect from the band from Ballarat, Victoria. Today they announce the release of their new single ‘Dead Ends’, which is from a forthcoming EP ‘Cast You Out’, which will be released in the first quarter of 2021.

Dead Ends Was released today and can be streamed in full here:

Nick Moriarty, vocalist for the band, said that this song “…talks about declaring a change, thus creating a turning point in life for the better. This song follows on from earlier tracks Black Jackal and Devil’s Head which highlight negative symptoms and effects of a poor headspace. Dead ends is a song we wrote as an anthem of self-determination.”

“Lyrically, it reiterates the theme of the record which is a journey of improving one’s mental health. Self-awareness throughout is an important factor of any recovery, it starts with realising you’re the only one who’s capable of creating change for the better. The lyrics show that by recognising the external and internal negativity, continuing along that path is nothing but detrimental.
  

This song represents the pivotal moment in the narrative where affirmative actions are taken; such cutting loose the dead weight, shifting out of a negative attitude, and therefore avoiding the spiral towards “Dead Ends”.

‘Black Jackal’ and ‘Devil’s Head’ have been released already from the EP and can be streamed in full here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NICOLASCAGEFIGHTER

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PILLORY Release New Single Diluted Existence

PILLORY Release New Single Diluted Existence

Boston death metal one-man project PILLORY returns with new single ‘Diluted Existence’, taken from the long-awaited third album Scourge on Humanity, set for release on 18th December via Unique Leader Records.

Watch the visualiser for ‘Diluted Existence’ here:

This follows the single ‘Imminent Obliteration’, watch the video here:

New album Scourge on Humanity fuses technical wizardry and relentless power in this multi-sensory auditory onslaught. A physically and mentally demanding listen, the album features eleven tracks of sweeping leads and deranged rhythms which combine deep chugs and brutal blastbeats, all executed with near surgical meticulousness to make one of the most intense death metal releases of the year.

Following on from the highly acclaimed sophomore album Evolutionary Miscarriage in 2014, PILLORY has further refined his ability to crush and confuse on this release.

Pre-order Scourge on Humanity here: 

Digital: https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/
Europe: https://www.impericon.com/en/unique-leader-records.html
North America: https://www.indiemerch.com/uniqueleader

For more PILLORY info:
https://www.facebook.com/PilloryGrind
https://www.youtube.com/user/Blastfest03

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